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Poetry Sunday-Lilies of the Wood


Lilies of the Wood



Through the shadows

of early woods,

Carpets of white

arise in pools of light.

Spreading out far and wide

in glorious song of spring’s arrival.



© Donna Donabella 2012



In honor of National Wildflower Week, I am highlighting one native plant, that grows in my garden, each week for the next 5 weeks.


Wildflowers are amazing to see in the woods in spring.  These lilies of the wood, as I call them, are also known as Trillium grandiflorum.  Upon seeing their carpet of white blooms, across the floor of the forest, I was inspired to write this poem.  You can read more about this beautiful wildflower in my garden post.


The Trillium pictured here are those that I grow in my garden, in hopes they will make a mass of stunning blooms one day.




I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.


I am also linking in with  Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.



I leave you with a few additional words about the lily of the wood.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

lilies of the wood

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2016.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. May 1, 2016    

    Your pools of light are a lyrical celebration of spring.

    • May 1, 2016    

      Thanks so much Gemma! The trillium just shine and shout spring!

  2. May 1, 2016    

    A pool of light is always welcome after darkness – a true refreshment and gift 🙂

    • May 1, 2016    

      Oh Jae you see so much more into the soul of my writing…thank you for always connecting as you do!

  3. May 1, 2016    

    I adore those beautiful lilies Donna 😀 they are known to be “May-birth” flowers and a symbol of chastity and virtue.
    Love the idea of them being a carpet of white and spreading light through the darkness. Beautifully penned 😀

    Lots of love,

    • May 1, 2016    

      Such a rich history for this lovely flower….these stories about native wildflowers always fascinate me…thanks for sharing Sanaa!

  4. May 1, 2016    

    How lovely! Both poem and photos. I hear them singing–even in today’s rain.

    • May 1, 2016    

      Susan I think they are especially happy in today’s much needed rain!

  5. May 1, 2016    

    lovely, lilies remind me of my grandmother…

  6. May 1, 2016    

    truly one of the harbingers of spring!
    your use of “shadows”, then “pools of light” in the poem gives a very cheerful feel to it.
    excellent photos to go with the poem too. 🙂

    • May 1, 2016    

      A forest with flowers throughout is such a cheerful place…

  7. May 1, 2016    

    Glorious spring, always so welcome.

  8. May 1, 2016    

    A lovely piece! I love those little lilies, too!

    • May 1, 2016    

      So nice to hear you love trilliums too!

  9. Bjorn Rudberg Bjorn Rudberg
    May 1, 2016    

    What a wonderful flower… right now we have a lot of wood anemones in our garden.. and I agree the real wild flowers are so much nicer than the one we have to plant.

  10. Kerry O'Connor Kerry O'Connor
    May 1, 2016    

    Thank you for showing me this beautiful sight in words and pictures.

    • May 1, 2016    

      You are most welcome. I am so pleased you enjoyed seeing a bit of our native landscape!

  11. May 1, 2016    

    So serene and lovely 🙂
    Beautiful words and pictures 🙂

  12. May 1, 2016    

    luv wildflowers; and you poem is lovely. I’m happy you dropped in at my Sunday Lime today

    much love…

  13. May 1, 2016    

    They shine. Like a kind word in a dark world. Thank you.

  14. May 1, 2016    

    I like the pools of light, and that central rhyme which seems to encapsulate it all.

    • May 1, 2016    

      It is an incredible sight Rosemary, and I am so glad I was able to bring it to life.

  15. May 1, 2016    

    Yours words paint a glorious scene in your readers’ minds. So beautiful.

    • May 1, 2016    

      I am so happy you enjoyed the poem! Thank you!

  16. May 1, 2016    

    I love how wildflowers sing of Spring’s arrival. There is no choice but to listen. Lovely words you wove Donna and, as always, I am so grateful for the beuatiful pictures.

    • May 1, 2016    

      You are most welcome Myrna…I love sharing my wildflowers!

  17. May 1, 2016    

    What beautiful lilies, and what a wonderful poem accompaniment. Spring is finally REALLY here.

    • May 1, 2016    

      It is here and it is glorious….the trillium bring such cheer shouting…yea it is spring!

  18. May 1, 2016    

    The image that you draw of coming out of the shadows of early woods, to white carpets in pools of light – is just lovely and wonderfully nuanced. A really exquisite piece, Donna.

    • May 2, 2016    

      I am so very pleased you enjoyed this poem Wendy. It is a particular favorite of mine. One that just rushed forth upon seeing this sight for myself.

  19. May 2, 2016    

    What great hope for the future are spring flowers especially those that do so all by themselves in the wild.

    • May 2, 2016    

      How beautifully put Robin….indeed it is why we need those wild areas to stay wild.

  20. May 2, 2016    

    A beautiful herald of light and spring


    • May 2, 2016    

      Thanks for your lovely thoughts on my poem Elizabeth!

  21. May 2, 2016    

    Hi Donna
    Monday WRITES 56 is up

    much love…

    • May 2, 2016    

      Thanks for the reminder and I linked up…I will put a reminder to myself for Mondays from now on!

  22. May 2, 2016    

    Hello Donna, pretty poem and love the lilies. Beautiful white blooms. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

    • May 2, 2016    

      So happy you enjoyed the native trillium Eileen!

  23. May 2, 2016    

    Beautiful…I was going to order a couple to try but I need to find out if deer like them…I had all these plans for the garden and then my Dad died and my plans just melted away for a while and what I wanted is mostly sold out now..Michelle

    • May 2, 2016    

      You can work on your plans for fall instead of spring….trillium are not supposed to be greatly browsed by deer but mine are well hidden and not as prolific for me to tell.

  24. May 4, 2016    

    I first noticed trilliums at the public parks that we visit and should make them an addition to my own garden. Thanks for the reminder!!

  25. May 5, 2016    

    Gorgeous Donna and I loved your poetry. Thank you for sharing with Today’s Flowers, very much appreciated as always.

    • May 5, 2016    

      One of the most beautiful spring wildflowers that grows on the floor of the spring forest…so happy you enjoyed the poem Denise!

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